Owner of the vacant Coronado Apartments, Former Councilman Frank Morrison has to decide whether or not he wants to repair the complex or have it demolished. The City of Lubbock Code Enforcement filed a lawsuit on Friday in district court, asking Morrison to correct the code violations on the property.
From broken windows, to leaking roofs, excess trash and loose hand rails, Code Enforcement Director, Stuart Walker said the property is considered a "health and safety hazard."
"Right now, it's the electrical, the structural, the plumbing, none of it meets the minimum housing code, it's a very old building so the amount of renovation to bring it up to current code is a lot," Walker said.
The property hasn't had tenants in the last four years after a fire struck one of the nine buildings causing people to vacate. Walker said demolishing the property might be the cheaper option, but that it could cost more than $2 million dollars.
He said demolishing the property could be the cheaper option, but that is could cost more than $2 million dollars. Lubbock man John Thomas Bagley said he has been eyeing the vacant property for the last couple years and thinks it could be used as housing for struggling veterans.
" If I could I would go to the SBA and get the loan and try to fix this up and rehab it if it was possible for me to do something like that," said Bagley.
It was this same property where a young girl was abducted and held hostage against her will in January. Walker said this is a prime example of why vacant apartment complexes can be dangerous.
"Its the reason we go through this process the way we do to prevent situations like that from happening," Walker said.
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